RATINGS: 940   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Perhaps no country embraces the use of fruit in beers more so than Belgium. Numerous traditional as well as regional specialty ales are infused with every sort of fruit imaginable. In this way, the flavor of the fruit becomes especially prominent. Red Poppy Ale is a veritable celebration of Sour Cherries in an explosion of aromas and tastes. Brewed from a brown ale base and aged in our oak barrels for over 6 months, this beer is not for the faint of heart. The Golden Poppy is the state flower of California and the Red Poppy is found in Flanders Fields where our inspiration for this beer comes from.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2009
On tap at OBriiens. Color was a dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of tart cherries, wood, earth, slight earthy sounress with a touch of yeast. Flavor was not extremely sour and managed to keep a nice balance with the fruit. Alot of cherry flavor, but I do not remember it being that much stronger than original. Very nice sour beer.
Earlier Rating: 6/14/2008 Total Score: 3.3
Bottle; poured a muddy, reddish brown with not much head. Some yeast floaties. Aroma of tart cherries and funky earth. Flavor of sour cherries, wood and earth. Didnt find this as sour as many others, but I didnt find the flavor all that great. Maybe I still dont get this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Pours attractive black cherry color with no head. The nose is full with, of course, cherries, and oak. The flavor is just as full with tart yet sweet cherries and oak. Lively acidic mouthfeel and a finish that lasts about 20 seconds.
Earlier Rating: 5/15/2008 Total Score: 4.1
Bottle courtesy Aspidites. Caramel brown pour complex sour nose with the cherry and oak. Seemlessly flowing from nose to flavor, the tartness of the cherries and the dryness of the oak blend together wonderfully with a hint of nuttiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 17, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2009 Double cherry version. Pours dark reddish brown, very smooth, sweet, tart, cherry, other dark fruits as well, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3386) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2009
1st rating of this brew. 3rd or 4th pour, Carlos seaoflament got the first. This was on tap at Obriens Lost Abbey Night, Tonight January 16th 2009. This beer was totally mobbed tonight and it was crazy. Pours deep reddish brown with a tan ring. Nose is excellent, huge rich cherry tart nose, makes my mouth salivate. Taste is rich ruddy tart cherry smooth, and mellow. Sort of like a mellow La Folie. Super happy to get to try this, hell yeah.
Earlier Rating: 12/2/2007 Total Score: 4.3
PP Strong Ale Fest 07. Tomme Arthur nicely brought over 2 bottles to our raters table in the back on Saturday and damn thanks for this special gift Tomme, great 2 days and this was one of many highlights. Pours cloudy orange with a thin tan ring. Nose is sour kicking with cherry notes. Taste is sweet, cherry, sour, oaky killer killer sour, lots of high quality aspects here, cant wait to this is commercially released.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
That1Guy (2235) - Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra. Mouth-watering yumness. Sour cherry and awesomeness. Just pleasing to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2009 In short: A dirty and unusual not-so-sour brown ale. Interesting
How: Bottle 375ml, consumed when about 1 year old (the aging I like to give to most sour ales). Sent to me by my generous buddy WeeHeavySD. Thanks a lot Jon!
The look: A small beige head over an ugly opaque dirty brown body with particles
In long: Nose is rather musty and not the nice funky-musty. Taste improves a lot on the nose. Very woody, but not typical sour-ale oak-like wood, more like the big mahogany wood used for classy furniture. A lot of horse blanket. The beer is also quite earthy. Some red apples, some band-aids, some cherries, some chestnuts, some caramel. Very musty but more pleasantly musty than the rotten musty nose. Dirty yeast all over the place. Actually this has to be the dirtiest sour(ish) ale Ive ever had. Sourness level is somewhat low for a Sour-Ale. The beer is actually quite complex in the way it brings together a lot of flavour elements but it is also a bit all over the place. This beer is very interesting in a thats pretty fucked-up kind of way. This is like a classic flemish sour that has been dragged in the mud and then left in a smelly barnyard to dry. A very good beer but not the what I was expecting, I think I should have drank this one fresher. I wish I could go back in time to late 2007 and have it when it was fresh. And sell my stock port-folio for treasury bonds while Im there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2008
aroma is pure oak barrel and its bacteria,fruit is certainly there ,but its hard to nail it down as cherries.Sour cherry comes through a little more in the taste ,but the oak the pleasing acidic tartness of lactobacillus still dominating factor. Looks like we are at the ponit where the barrel flavor is the main thing,which is fine ith me. Next up,an Imperial Sour? Thanks Kingpin

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilBeerDoctor (3891) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Bottle courtesy of mreusch. Pours a dirty light brown with a small tan head. Aroma of yeasty funk, some cherry undertones. Flavor is sour and tart, with some acidity at first with light cherry fruits and cinnamon in the finish. This reminds me a bit of 3 Fonteinen Schaerbeekse. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Bottle. Aroma a fairly mellow blend of acidic notes, barnyard notes, oak, and the sour cherry, though not particularly distinct to me, more hidden with the woody and acidic notes than anything else. Flavor nice and sour, acidic with the continuing soft woody notes and sour fruit notes. Ever so slightly more gentle than I’d like it in the mouth. Still, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2012 Pours a cloudy, medium mahogany brown with a very fine, thin, off-white head. Very prominent horse blanket/barnyard brettanomyces aromas with some acidic qualities and a very subtle, soft, sweet malt background with cherries, wood, and spice. The aromatic qualities flow directly into the flavor. There is more overt cherry flavor present and some more spice as well. The oak aging really softens things out pleasantly integrating the bold flavor characteristics together well into a coherent flavor profile. The body is light and delivers the many dimensions of this beer well as a straightforward presence in the mouth. The alcohol is appropriately mild and hardly noticeable making this a refreshingly complex and funky drinking experience.

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